At the beginning of the recruiting process, Prattville, Ala. athlete Sam Gibson already knew where he wanted to be at the end and that was LSU. Over the weekend, Gibson received a scholarship offer from the Tigers after performing well at the LSU prospect camp and consequently, Gibson is ready to call this the end of his recruitment.
Gibson hit campus in Baton Rouge in hopes of earning a scholarship offer and his hard work didn't disappoint.
"We had went down to Baton Rouge on Saturday and ate with the coaches and stuff and it seemed like they were real high on me and stuff," Gibson said. "I ran the 40, I did the shuttle for the first time ever – I had never done the shuttle before – I did the broad jump and the vertical.
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"Then I went outside and did drills for the DBs, worked a little wide receiver and worked a little quarterback. Then we went inside and did 7-on-7. Then after I had checked out of camp and stuff and went back home Coach Les Miles called my coach and said he's going to offer me a scholarship."
That offer from Coach Miles was all Gibson needed to hear.
"I told coach Miles this might be my last stop," he said. "So this is my last stop. As soon as he told me he was offering, I told him I wanted to commit. I said 'coach my recruiting is going to be over after this.' He said 'great, I want you here.'"
Gibson has excelled under center for one of the most successful high school programs in the country and led his team to a state championship in 2008. Due to his size and athleticism though, Gibson could excel at either safety or wide receiver as well and that athlete role is where LSU sees him fitting in.
"I just want to get on the field," he said. "I want to get on the field early. Wherever I can get on the field early that's where I'll play. Most likely it will be wide receiver or safety."
Gibson has had his eye on the LSU program since the beginning of the process and there are a number of reasons why it feels right.
"I had gone down there for a spring practice and the academics are really going to be a big part," he said. "When I went down there and checked out the academics center it was one of a kind. And then Coach Cooper, I like coach Cooper. He's a real good coach. I think he's going to take me places if I do play DB.
"When I first started this recruiting, my coach asked me where I wanted to go and I said I wanted to go to LSU and that's where I ended up."